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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is seeking to develop offensive cyber capabilities that will enable their military to disrupt the networks of potential adversaries, as well as making strategies for deception and disinformation by way of the Internet key elements of military operations.

“Australia is an attractive target for a range of malicious cyber actors, from politically-motivated hackers and criminal networks to nation-states,” said Prime Minister Julia Gillard when discussing the National Security Strategy last January.

The offensive capabilities are said to be in development by the  Australian Signals Directorate with support from the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and may include range from denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and sophisticated methods designed to access foreign computer networks in order to manipulate or destroy sensitive data or proliferate misinformation for counterintelligence.

“Cyber security continues to be a serious and pressing national security challenge. The focus on cyber threats and the potential of cyber capabilities worldwide has increased substantially in recent years,” an ADF whitepaper which outlines the nation’s defense strategy for the next two decades stated.

There have been 1250 confirmed cyber attacks against critical Australian government systems since just September of 2012, with 470 of the events serious enough to require a response from Cyber Security Operations Centre, according to the Defence Signals Directorate.

“It would be reasonable to assume that like conventional defence capability, resilient cyber capabilities require both defensive and offensive aspects. Securing ‘time and space’ in the cyber realm will become more integral to supporting conventional military operations in future conflicts,” said former senior intelligence official Richard Byfield.

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